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Best Drones for Real Estate



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Table of Contents

  1. FAQ About Real Estate Drones
  2. DJI Phantom 4
  3. DJI Inspire 2
  4. Yuneec Typhoon H Pro
  5. DJI Mavic Pro
  6. The Best Drones for Real Estate

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Using drones for real estate has become something that we’ve seen quite often recently. It’s the latest way to show off properties to their full potential using a bird’s eye view, giving your prospective buyers the complete size, layout, and area of the estate.

Not only that but as a real estate agent, we know you’re constantly looking for a way to get the leg up on the competition. Using a drone for aerial shots of your properties is the best way to lay everything out to your clients and give them an interesting perspective on what’s being offered.

To sum it all up, drones for real estate photography are the next big thing in the industry. The property is shed in an entirely new light and, especially when you’re taking a video of the area, gives you a sense of what you can really expect besides just basic pictures of what your prospective buyers will be investing in.


FAQ About Real Estate Drones

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If you don’t see your question listed below in our FAQ section, get in touch with us and we’ll help you out!

How do real estate agents use drones?

Real estate agents use drones for a wide variety of things for their clients. For example, an agent will use a drone to show a client any problems with the roof from a distance and areas of a property that are difficult to see properly from the ground.

Overall, however, they use them to show prospective buyers the entire land area they’ll be purchasing. It’s also great for showing local improvement districts and/or civic developments that could contribute to buyer’s property taxes.

Is it legal to use drones for real estate purposes?

As long as you are following the rules and regulations put forth by the FAA and any local and state laws and regulations for the state they are being used in, yes, using drones for real estate purposes is entirely legal!

What should I look for in a real estate drone?

When you’re shopping around for your real estate drone, there are a lot of key features to look for. The quality of the camera is extremely important and should be used as a starting base. 1080p or 4K resolution quality comes highly recommended for obvious reasons.

The battery is also important, as well. Just think of it this way – the bigger the property, the more battery power you should have. Will it take 10 minutes to film the entire property, or will you need a 20-minute battery to do it?

You should also think about certain drone features, as well. For example, a flight path feature that allows you to map out a flight path for the drone is definitely beneficial here. It’ll ensure that you don’t actually have to fly it and that it will do the job itself.

Best Drones for Real Estate

Now that we’ve covered the introductory aspects of real estate drones, let’s take a look at what you’re options are when it comes to using drones for real estate!

DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter

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The Phantom 4 by DJI is everybody’s favorite classic. It’s sitting at $1000 and is no doubt one of the best drones you could use for real estate purposes. The camera alone is enough of a factor, but we’re about to give you the total rundown on it entirely.

Listed below are the specs and features:

  • – Uses both GPS and GLONASS
  • – Camera capabilities with 4K Ultra HD video at 30 FPS, 1080p at 120 FPS, and 12MP photos
  • – Included 3-axis u-frame camera and gimbal stabilization technology
  • – Features Hover, Auto Takeoff, Auto Return Home, Sport Mode, Vision Positioning, Visual Tracking, Active Track, Obstacle Avoidance, and more
  • – Total flight time of up to 28 minutes
  • – Able to hit speeds of up to 45mph when in Sport Mode
  • – Includes a 720p HD transmission with a range of up to 3.1 miles or 5km away
  • – Weighs 8.8 pounds with a total size of 15”x8.7”x12.8”

The biggest pro that the Phantom 4 by DJI has to offer is the amount of features you’re getting. They make shooting videos and taking pictures an absolute snap. There are multiple features that focus on certain aspects of aerial photography that make it a great real estate drone.

One of the biggest cons, however, is that it can have some bugs that DJI won’t really tell you about and may never actually fix. For example, the gimbal calibration may not work or will fail between 71% to 72%.

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DJI Inspire 2 Quadcopter Bundle

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The Inspire 2 by DJI is another drone favorite, which stands at around $3000 when bundled together with a 64GB UHS-I microSDXC memory card, a card reader, and a MicroFiber cleaning cloth. The price of the bundle no doubt seems pretty steep, but we think you’ll agree with us when they say it’s definitely worth it after you check out what it’s capable of.

Listed below are the specs and features:

  • – Able to accelerate to speeds up to 50 mph within 4 seconds flat
  • – Uses a dual battery design
  • – Features Advanced Obstacle Sensing
  • – Includes a 2-axis stabilized FPV camera
  • – Supports CineCore 2.0 image processing and both ProRES and CinemaDNG recording
  • – Has a maximum velocity of up to 58 mph
  • – Has full compatibility with 5.2K gimbal cameras
  • – Total flight time of up to 27 minutes

The biggest pro that the Inspire 2 by DJI has to offer is the fact that you can combine the drone with the X4S or the X5S gimbal cameras for better imaging based on your personal preferences. By switching between the two you can get bit rates at the highest degree when using either the H.264 or the H.265 formats.

The biggest con, however, is the obvious fact that it’s priced at $3000. This can, unfortunately, be a problem for people who are looking for a budget drone or something within that ballpark.

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Yuneec Typhoon H Pro Quadcopter with Intel RealSense

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The Typhoon H Pro with Intel RealSense by Yuneec will run you up to $1400, comes as an RTF model, and has a bunch of extras that make it all well worth the price. We all know the Typhoon line from Yuneec, but this package brings Intel RealSense to the table for an added beneficial punch, great for using a drone for real estate.

Listed below are the specs and features:

  • – Uses the ST16 Ground Station controller that has an integrated receiver, transmitter, and an Android platform for all-in-one use with a 7” screen
  • – Features 8 different flight modes, GPS stabilized flight control, Auto Takeoff, Auto Return to Home, Auto Land, Sonar Collision Prevention, Orbit Me, Point of Interest, Curve Cable Cam, and more
  • – Includes the CGO3+ 4K UHD camera with 12MP photos
  • – Has retractable landing gear with 6 rotor safety and 5 rotor fail-safe
  • – Total flight time of up to 25 minutes
  • – Uses the 3-axis anti-vibration CGO3+ gimbal for steady shots and videos, able to rotate 360 degrees with a 98-degree FOV
  • – Weighs 12 pounds with a total size of 17”x21.2”x12.5”

The biggest pro that the Typhoon H Pro by Yuneec has to offer is the Intel RealSense technology. It’s capable of detective and intelligently avoiding obstacles to ensure that collisions are avoided as much as possible. It does this by building a 3D map of the world and enabling the drone to make a choice when an obstacle comes into play on what route it can take to avoid it.

Paired with the Follow Me feature, for example, you won’t have to stop and manually control the drone to ensure it won’t hit anything, giving you more battery time for what you’re doing.

The biggest con, however, is that it will take up to 8 hours to charge a single battery for this drone for real estate. With this in mind, if you have multiple properties you want to shoot in one day, this may not be the drone for you unless you invest in a handful of extra batteries.

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DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter

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Who doesn’t love the Mavic Pro from DJI? Even though some time has passed since it’s initial release, we still get excited over it. We definitely couldn’t leave the Mavic Pro out of our review for the best real estate drones because, let’s face it, it’s perfect for the industry.

Listed below are the specs and features:

  • – Folds down into the size of a water bottle for ease of transportation
  • – Uses the new OcuSynce transmission system that gives up to 4.3 miles or 7km or transmission range
  • – Able to hit speeds of up to 40 mph or 64kmh
  • – Total flight time of up to 27 minutes
  • – Features TapFly, ActiveTrack, Obstacle Avoidance, Vision Positioning, Flight Autonomy, Sport Mode, Gesture Control, and more
  • – Uses both GPS and GLONASS for both indoor and outdoor flying
  • – Includes a 4K camera with full HD 1080p video streaming and able to shoot RAW for both videos and photos
  • – Uses a 3-axis mechanical gimbal
  • – Weighs 1.6 pounds with a total size of 11.4”x7.1”9.4”

The biggest pro that the Mavic Pro by DJI has to offer is no doubt the fact that the arms are 100% foldable and retract to turn the drone into the size of a water bottle. Transporting drones can be an issue at times, but thankfully it isn’t in this case!

The biggest con, however, is that you’ll find it difficult to have the Mavic Pro and other drones paired with your phone at the same time. If you are only planning on using the Mavic Pro for the job and no other, you won’t have to worry about this issue.

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The Best Drones for Real Estate

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Yes, we have no doubt favored DJI for this review, but for regular dronethusiasts, you can see why we’ve done so. They have features and camera specs that will knock anything else out of the sky when it comes to using a drone.


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Amazing Drone Video Shows Mega Colonies of Penguins!



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Drones have helped scientists find mega colonies of penguins – over 750,000 pairs – in protected areas in the Antarctic Peninsula.

The journal Nature reports that a “multi-modal survey” including ground counts and computer automated counts of drone imagery, showed huge populations of Adélie penguins in the Danger Islands off of the norther tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The survey served to demonstrate the results of using satellite and drone imagery for environmental surveys.

“Despite concerted international effort to track and interpret shifts in the abundance and distribution of Adélie penguins, large populations continue to be identified,” says the article.  “Here we report on a major hotspot of Adélie penguin abundance identified in the Danger Islands off the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula (AP). We present the first complete census of Pygoscelis spp. penguins in the Danger Islands, estimated from a multi-modal survey consisting of direct ground counts and computer-automated counts of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imagery.”

“Our survey reveals that the Danger Islands host 751,527 pairs of Adélie penguins, more than the rest of AP region combined, and include the third and fourth largest Adélie penguin colonies in the world. Our results validate the use of Landsat medium-resolution satellite imagery for the detection of new or unknown penguin colonies and highlight the utility of combining satellite imagery with ground and UAV surveys.”

Scientists say that the Danger Islands “appear to have avoided recent declines” which have been documented on the Western Antarctic Pensinsula and “deserve special consideration in the negotiation and design of Marine Protected Areas in the region.”

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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Drone Racing is Racing for Good: IDRA Claims Miracle Flights as Official Charitable Partner




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Drones are well suited for saving lives and performing miracles – and the drone industry has been generous in charitable endeavors.  Drone racing is not to be left behind.  The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) has announced that Miracle Flights, the nation’s leading health and welfare flight organization, is the official charitable partner for the 2018 Drone Racing Series and 2018 Challengers Cup.

The following is from the joint press release by the two organizations:

Established in 1985, Miracle Flights provides free commercial air transportation to critically ill children in need of medical care far from home.

The newly announced partnership fits perfectly into IDRA’s mission to grow the motorsport and international drone community. Our community’s youth are not only the future of the hobby, but also the platform for which the drone market and technologies will continue to develop. With Miracle Flights as the official charitable partner of IDRA, we can use professional and semi-professional drone races as a new medium to promote this organization’s endeavors and raise donations from sponsors and the drone community to help more children receive life-changing medical treatment.

“Miracle Flights is an amazing nonprofit organization that provides thousands of flights to children from all over the world,” said Justin Haggerty, President and CEO of IDRA. “It is our pleasure at IDRA to work with Miracle Flights as our official charitable partner. I hope the partnership bares many fruits and gives our drone community the chance to help a child in need.”

Now in its 33rd year, Miracle Flights has provided more than 114,000 free flights to help children with rare and life-threatening conditions gain access to specialized medical care out of state.

“IDRA has engaged an incredible community of individuals across the country and around the world,” said Miracle Flights CEO Mark E. Brown. “To have them partner with us in our mission to improve access to healthcare for seriously ill children is a true honor. We look forward to everything we can accomplish—and the lives we can change—together.”



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Lighting Up the Skies with Lume Cube



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Lume Cube Lighting Kits give drone pilots the chance to pilot a spotlight in the sky. We took the Mavic Pro Lighting Kit for a spin to see what all the fuss is about. 

Lume Cube market their product as the world’s most versatile light. And they may have a point. These lights can be used with smartphones, GoPros and DSLRs. They can be mounted, sat down or simply handheld. They can be set to varying degrees of brightness or just strobe at whatever speed you feel like. And you can control all of those features through an app.

They can also be attached to your drone, which is where we come in. We’ve been testing out the Lume Cube lights and the company’s mounts for the Mavic Pro. Both are needed if you want to try your hand at flying a spotlight in the sky.

What is a Lume Cube?

So let’s start with the obvious question: What is a Lume Cube? Simply, it’s a portable light.

But it’s no ordinary light. This light is encased inside a rugged, mountable cube and can be connected to your smartphone. It’s also waterproof. So what’s the benefit of all that? Well, if you’re a GoPro user, a keen outdoor photographer or even a drone pilot, using a Lume Cube gives you more control over the light conditions in your shots.

You can illuminate a scene for night photography or light up a dimly lit area with the touch of a button. You can sync the flash to go just before you hit record or take a photograph. You can also get really creative with light when it’s in the palm of your hand, particularly when you mount a Lume Cube or two onto a drone.

Which is where Lume Cube’s Mavic Mounts come in. Not only does the Lume Cube Lighting Kit for the Mavic Pro help illuminate your drone in dark conditions. It also gives you a new tool to help you explore your aerial creativity.

The Lighting Kit comes with two mounts and two Lume Cubes, one for each side of the drone.

Each Cube has 10 manual brightness settings that change in increments of 150 lumens. The brightest setting maxes out at 1500 lumens. We don’t know much about lumens, but we do know that the highest setting on these cubes is ridiculously bright. If you’re shooting at night for whatever reason, they are more than powerful enough to illuminate natural features like trees or rocks.

The Lume Cubes clip onto the wings of the Mavic Pro with a lightweight mount. And it has to be. Because each Cube weighs 3.5 ounces. Despite our reservations, the Mavic Pro didn’t have any problem lifting them off the ground and flying comfortably.

The biggest issue we faced was attaching the mount in the dark in cold weather. It’s fair to say that the plastic mounts aren’t as rugged as the Cubes themselves. Impatient hands and low visibility actually led to us breaking the mounts before take-off while trying to clip them on, but we were still able to attach them and take the Lume Cubes for a spin.

Read more: Hands On Review With DJI’s CrystalSky Monitor

The extra weight took a few minutes off the battery life as you might expect, and the Mavic certainly wasn’t as nimble as it would be without them, but those are minor compared to the benefits of flying your very own spotlight.

The Lume Cube Lighting Kit

Each Lume Cube can be charged up with a standard USB cable. The battery life sits can last for more than 2 hours, depending on how bright your settings are.

Read more: Hands On With PolarPro’s Elektra Cinematic Color Presets

The Cubes and the free Lume Cube application are compatible with both Apple and Android. Through the app, you can control flash, duration and brightness of multiple cubes all at the same time.

Lume Cube Price and Compatibility

Now, you’re probably wondering two things at this point. First, how much is one of these Lighting Kits going to set you back? And second, what drones are Lume Cube Lighting Kits compatible with?

The Lighting Kits cost $179. These include two Cubes, the mounts for your drone and all the cables you need to keep them charged.

In terms of compatibility, the Lume Cube team has done its best to make sure there are kits available for all of the most popular drones on the market. That means you can buy dedicated Lighting Kits for the Mavic Pro, the Phantom range, the Inspire range and even for the now-defunct GoPro Karma, Autel’s X-Star and the Yuneec Typhoon H.

Looking for a lighting rig for your Mavic Air or Spark? We wouldn’t count on this happening anytime soon. Those tiny drones probably aren’t going to be strong or stable enough to carry two of these Cubes.

Final Thoughts

Lume Cubes offer a great way to add some creativity and versatility to your photography. At $179 a Lighting Kit isn’t cheap, but in reality, these lights are going to last you years and can be used in so many different scenarios. If you do decide to upgrade your drone, new mounts alone are only a small fraction of that price.

Rather than using Lume Cubes to light your drone’s way, we recommend getting behind a DSLR and using your drone to guide a spotlight into place over an interesting scene.

The posts below from the Lume Cube community are good examples of that. We did try to recreate a couple, but we’re going to need some more practice before they are worthy of publication…

Malek Murison is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for tech trends and innovation. He handles product reviews, major releases and keeps an eye on the enthusiast market for DroneLife.
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